Microsoft’s Azure Cloud Service Experiences a Bump in Europe Overnight
At 11:09 am UTC, or about 7:09 am ET, Microsoft confirmed on its Windows Azure status page that its service was “experiencing an availability issue in the West Europe sub-region.” Troubleshooting proceeded for two hours until Microsoft said the issue had been resolved.
No comments yet from Microsoft about what happened; I have reached out, and will update when I hear back. It wasn’t clear how many customers were affected, though GigaOM noticed a Tweet by a service called SoundGecko blaming its availability problems on Azure. The service had a much rougher day when the existence of Leap Day — the extra day in February that gets added to the calendar every four years — caused an outage.
You’d think there would have been a lot of complaints on Twitter and elsewhere, but I didn’t notice any. When Amazon Web Services crashes, as it does from time to time — most recently on June 30 — it takes with it a batch of high-profile Web properties that rely on its data centers for uptime. When a lightning strike in Northern Virginia whacked the backup power at an Amazon data center there, sites like Instagram, Netflix and Pinterest took temporary dives as well.